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    FROM L A TIMES... be skeptical.

    THE Maywood Police Department — a 37-man force that patrols a gritty square-mile city south of downtown Los Angeles — has become a haven for misfit cops who have been pushed out of other law enforcement agencies for crimes or serious misconduct.

    Among those on the job: A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy terminated for abusing jail inmates; a onetime Los Angeles Police Department officer fired for intimidating a witness; and an ex-Huntington Park officer charged with negligently shooting a handgun and driving drunk.

    Other officers were hired by Maywood after flunking out of training programs elsewhere, a Times investigation has found.

    In all, at least a third of the officers on the force have either left other police jobs under a cloud or have had brushes with the law while working for Maywood. Several officers in recent years have left Maywood after being convicted of crimes.

    Even the newly appointed police chief has a checkered past: He was convicted of beating his girlfriend and resigned from the El Monte Police Department before he could be fired. His conviction was later overturned on appeal because the defense was not allowed to exclude a juror who had previously worked with domestic violence victims. He was ultimately convicted of a lesser charge of making a verbal threat.

    Known among law enforcement circles as a department of "second chances," Maywood's police department is one of nearly 50 independent police agencies in Los Angeles County. The department, whose officers are mainly white and Latino, serves a densely populated city of roughly 30,000 that is 96% Latino. There are no women or African Americans on the force, which also patrols the nearby town of Cudahy.

    "Are there things that are bad in our department? I would venture to say that there are," said Maywood City Councilman Samuel Peña. "But I think you would find bad things in other departments if you looked closely at them…. There are bad apples in every department."

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  • #2
    At least they are taking the heat off of LAPD, LASD, CHP, et al for the weekend.
    Be courteous to all, but intimate with few, and let those few be well tried before you give them your confidence!

    [George Washington (1732 - 1799)]

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    • #3
      Maywood PD

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      • #4
        hmmmm, plan B.

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        • #5
          Ohh. Not quite big enough for an Internal Affairs department. What a shame.

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          • #6
            They have their problems, but any department that still allows saps can't be all bad.
            Government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem. - Ronald Reagan

            I don't think It'll happen in the US because we don't trust our government. We are a country of skeptics, raised by skeptics, founded by skeptics. - Amaroq

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JPatrick
              Ohh. Not quite big enough for an Internal Affairs department. What a shame.

              Ya, thats great no one to do internal investigations because there not enough cops so they can do what ever they want.
              It takes a Wolf.......

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              • #8
                I thought I saw a news story several months ago where this 'city' had some type of sanctuary for illegal aliens. At least they're being consistent. It must be great when someone walks into the station with some BS complaint and the supervisor can just tell em to go f off.
                The liberal politician has the only job where they go to the office to work for everyone but those who pay their salary.

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                • #9
                  Can`t the FBI or Dept of Justice investigate the PD?
                  I`d rather have one hundred enemies than one backstabbing friend.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by theconstipated1
                    Can`t the FBI or Dept of Justice investigate the PD?
                    Sure, and what will they find at the end? That the PD took in strays. As long as this group is, currently, doing nothing wrong, I don't see what the FBI/DOJ will accomplish by that throrough, comprehensive, investigation we always hear being talked about by LE critics.

                    Now, all that aside, Maywood is a pit full of illegal aliens, with suspicious politicians who love them, and "soiled, but recycled" cops....stand back and watch all the entertainment that rolls forth!
                    "You're never fully dressed without a smile."

                    Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional.

                    Three things I know for sure: (1) No bad deed goes unrewarded, (2) No good deed goes unpunished, and (3) It is entirely possible to push the most devoted, loyal and caring person beyond the point where they no longer give a 5h!t.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Kieth M.
                      Sure, and what will they find at the end? That the PD took in strays. As long as this group is, currently, doing nothing wrong, I don't see what the FBI/DOJ will accomplish by that throrough, comprehensive, investigation we always hear being talked about by LE critics.

                      Now, all that aside, Maywood is a pit full of illegal aliens, with suspicious politicians who love them, and "soiled, but recycled" cops....stand back and watch all the entertainment that rolls forth!
                      I grew up on the east side of 77th Div ( LAPD) and often went to hang out at the 2nd rate shopping centers and parks as a kid in areas like Maywood,Bell,Bell Gardens,south Gate, and Huntington Park- less than 10 mins away by public bus. these mid cities were once working class white communities that never made so much as a "peep" until the mass influx of latinos in the 70s and early '80s.for a while ,even then ,they were nice places.Unfortunately, during the late 80s and early '90s what their homegrown "PC" and educated latino community members (mainly the ones who have established themselves in the local gov'ts power structure)try to wash aside is that they CANNOT just allow masses of NON citizen,low skill labor and under educated peasants, to flow into their communities,just becuase they foolishly "consider them part of the same race"and just to defy U.S. law with the "its ours now,we can do what we want" attitude. the inlfux of low end job workers who barely pay taxes and barely follow the laws,often are the main ones commiting the crimes in these cities-sex assault ,D/V, ADW, public intoxication,murder . The lack of citizenship limits access to resources and traps these people into poverty ,making them easy targets for political manipulation.In terms of policing these communities,the cops have become the proverbial " Stick" (enforcement and control) to the "carrot" of supporting the local politicos.

                      perfect example I learned while still living in the area- getting in a T/C is a joke to rpt to the local PD- you just usually threaten the crap out of the other driver or bargain them into a cash settlement or to find a "friend" that can fix the damage as almost no one has a license or insurance,and probably NOT a citizen or "legal" resident alien.Driving thru some of these communities becomes a seriously dangerous proposition.Yet the local PD tries to crack down on this to PROTECT those who actually obey the LAW and it becomes an "issue" of race and "profiling"??? Then out comes all the "horror" stories of questionable Beatings, sex scandals, graft ? and having the FBI/DOJ investigate?? these are people who can't even catch their own "10 most wanted" ,nor find Osama ,but have NO problem wiretapping 65 yr old hippy militants.There's a reason these smaller town hire cops with a little "dirt" in their pkgs- they know these guys need jobs and won't challenge the "system"-if mgm't sez "Bash heads" they do it- if told to wave at the little kids and stand guard at the local little league game ,they do that also. a co worker of mines' father was one of LAPDs "top 44" ( the poot butt DOJs assessment of L.A. " worst officers " ,according to hypocritical DOJ standards)-he is Now Sgt in that town and well liked by alot of mgm't as well as citizens for his "old fashioned" yet thorough brand of police work ! Most of these "mid cities" PDs pay is avg- $52K to $70K/yr-and they do alot of good in terms of working with the lower mid class home owners and small businesses to keep crime down and people SAFE.

                      Alot of the community appreciates them( many of the officers are even local kids come home to do some good) and very few ask questions, EXCEPT the "PC" MeCHa Political crowd who want to overthrow the evil "gringo system" while Stealing these small towns BLIND and PIMPING the local immigrant community to serve their own selfish ends ( doubt it? check out the political turmoil nearby South gate ,Ca has gone thru for the last 8 yrs).Sure ,get FBI to inv, maybe burn a few cops- then what? No punk assed FBI agent with two yrs on the job has the skills to deal with a gun toting florencia Trece or Clanton or 18th st gangster,and they sure as HELL aren't going to be answering the 2 am "poppa beat momma" radio call- but that 2 yr local cop Knows what to do. Like Sgt "Keith" was referring to, thinking that the "police" in these towns are the problem isn't even BEGINNING to touch the tip of the iceberg.........
                      Last edited by DOAcop38; 04-02-2007, 01:07 AM.
                      "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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                      • #12
                        Hey man...were you at Waco? I think I've seen your sign spraypainted on an FBI car.
                        -I don't feel you honor someone by creating a physical gesture (the salute). You honor them by holding them in memory and, in law enforcement, proceeding in vigilant, ethical police work. You honor this country or deceased soldiers or whatever you're honoring when you salute a flag by thinking, feeling, and continuing a life of freedom.

                        --ArkansasRed24

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                        • #13
                          Funny they mention saps. We still carry saps. Our dept use to issue them. Whats the big deal.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Five-0fromSoCal
                            Funny they mention saps. We still carry saps. Our dept use to issue them. Whats the big deal.
                            ditto Lax ( UNTIL AROUND '92) but mgm't called them in, and officers stopped using them- most "newbie"Gen X coppers don't even know what a sap is (told one to click his knife into his sap pocket ,and he replied "where?"-they think those extra pants "holes" are for flashlights !) Should have stayed in the impact weapon inventory-you'd see alot less officers getting assaulted in street contacts,and if used rt, alot less UOF injuries to suspects/officers.
                            "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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